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A-R committee to review bus bids

By Staff | Sep 24, 2008

Micah Gearhart showed how the Smart Board is used in the classroom. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Armstrong-Ringsted Community School District Board of Education Monday night, meeting at Ringsted Elementary, referred the matter of a bus purchase to the Transportation Committee for further study.

Transportation Director Nate Hanson asked the board to consider purchase of an 83-passenger transit-style bus for $91,610. The district could trade in its 2007 International bus for $50,000, making a net cost of $41,610. Hanson’s reason for trading in the International was that it is too small to fully accommodate players and cheerleaders and since it is newer it would have greater trade-in value.

Superintendent Randy Collins noted the district had budgeted $75,000 to buy a bus at the end of the current school year. If the district could buy the bus now, with the understanding that there would be no obligation for payment until the end of the school year, the district could have a net savings.

Board member Paul Stevens noted he would like the transportation committee to review the matter for further study, and the board agreed.

In other matters, the board toured the elementary school. One highlight was teacher Micah Gearhart who showed the board how stability balls and Smart Boards are used in the classroom.

Collins noted the Sentral School District had approved a 28E sharing agreement to share Hanson as transportation director. He suggested that North Kossuth could be brought into the discussion to reinitiate a tri-district concept that had been discussed earlier.

Collins noted that the district was getting 128 new computers and keeping 40 older computers. Physical Plant and Equipment Levy funds are used for the computer lease agreement.

The board approved a junior-high football contract with Robert Zotz.

In other personnel matters, the hiring of Lori Korte as paraprofessional was approved and the board also approved hiring Amber Henderson as school nurse. Jennifer Foster was approved as junior-high girls basketball coach with board president Rod Foster abstaining.

The old board adjourned and the new board reconvened and Don Looft was sworn in as a new board member. Foster was again elected board president and Looft vice president. The board approved a resolution of appreciation for the service of retiring board member Marti Kindrick.

The board approved the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. for board meetings.